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Top 20 TED Talks That Can Improve Your Life

Top 20 TED Talks That Can Improve Your Life

TED.com recently released their list of the 20 most-watched TED talks to date, and while they have quite a few of the ones listed that can serve to improve your life, there are several out there that are on the list at deserve some mention.

So, we’ve decided to unveil what we believe to be the top 20 TED talks that can improve your life. And while there is some crossover on both lists, we feel that there are some that just deserve a little bit more of your attention. Enjoy!

(Please note: some of these talks are NSFW.)

1. Jonathan Fields: Turning Fear into Fuel

2. Jason Fried: Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

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3. Josh Klein: Hacking Work

4. Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

5. Arianna Huffington: How to Succeed? Get More Sleep.

6. Tim Ferriss: Smash Fear, Learn Anything

7. Richard St. John: Success is a Continuous Journey

8. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

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9. Dan Pink: The Surprising Science of Motivation

10. Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

11. Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

12. Dave Morris: The Way of Improvisation

13. Chris Guillebeau: Fear and Permission

14. Gary Vaynerchuk: Do What You Love

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(Editor’s Note: this talk is featured on TED.com’s “Best of the Web” section, but is from his Web 2.0 appearance.)

15. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

16. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

17. John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding

18. Sheena Iyengar: How to Make Choosing Easier

19. Derek Sivers: Keep Your Goals to Yourself

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20. Dan Buettner: How to Live to Be 100+

Bonus talk:

Did you know that I’ve done a TED talk myself? While mine definitely doesn’t rank among those listed in this post, I thought I’d give you a chance to check it out as well. (After all, it does have to do with lifehacks.)

 

(Photo credit: Audio Microphone Against Background via Shutterstock)

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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